St JULIANS: Civil aerodrome
Note: These maps and pictures were very kindly provided by Mr Michael T Holder
Operated by: County Aviation Company
Flying club: Hertfordshire Flying Club
Location: Just W of the A5183, which was the A5 trunk road, probably until the M.1 was built (?). About 1nm SSW of St Albans town centre
Period of operation: January 1933 to July 1934
NOTES: Mike Holder who is a great friend of this 'Guide' managed to unearth this valuable information from Mr Grant Peerless:
"......St Julians Aerodrome, a short lived enterprise which was brought into use on 14 January 1933 by the County Aviation Company and used by the Hertfordshire Flying Club. It closed eighteen months later in July 1934, probably due to the proximity of Handley Page's Radlett Aerodrome. It did, however, manage to host an apperance of Sir Alan Cobham's National Aviation Day display (Flying Circus) on 24 May 1933. The aerodrome was situated on land which is now part of Marlborough School's playing fields."
The term 'Flying Cirus' had been generally adopted by the press and public to describe any of the displays held by a host of different operations from the early 1930s certainly. Possibly much earlier? It was most certainly never used by Sir Alan Cobham who detested the term. But such is the cruel fate of history. He being acknowledged as the 'King of Flying Circuses', even at the time.
I had been working on this project for over twenty years, (by 2020), and had discovered St Julians a long time ago. Originally I could find very little information and had it listed under the entry: "St Alban's flying sites". I had found where it was situated but even questioned if the Hertfordshire Flying Club had operated from there.
So imagine my delight when in June 2020 Mike Holder contacted me to say he'd found some information and maps. And, he was actually looking for somewhere else! Finding my miserable efforts, although he would be far too kind to describe them as such - or at least, not to me, he set about some research.
I do try within this 'Guide' to point out that so much of its main worth is due to so many very kind and generous people offering advice, information, maps and pictures etc.
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